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Boston Camerata performance at Dordt College November 6
October 31, 2009
The internationally acclaimed Boston Camerata will present “A Symphony of Psalms,” at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The tradition of singing Psalms is a strong heritage in the Reformed tradition, and the Boston Camerata celebrates that tradition with this live, historically informed, professional performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. This prestigious ensemble has presented concerts internationally in Canada, England, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Israel.
Eight Camerata vocalists will perform both a cappella and with the accompaniment by instrumentalists on period strings, woodwinds, and keyboard. The Dordt College Concert Choir and Kantorei vocal ensemble will also participate in the program.
“Symphony of Psalms” was written by the director of the Boston Camerata, Anne Azéma, who is the daughter of a Reformed pastor in the south of France. It was specially conceived to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin in 2009, and features Genevan Psalters and Psalm-based music from throughout Europe, including The Netherlands and Scotland, with special attention to the birthplace of Protestantism. The musical settings are grouped in themes, including psalms of supplication, psalms of praise, and psalms of wisdom and grace.